England fast bowler Chris Jordan has joined Hero Caribbean Premier League franchise Trinbago Knight Riders as a replacement for Pakistani Muhammad Hasnain, who was recalled to Pakistan a week ago.
Guardian Media understands that the fast bowler, who is a native of Barbados, will join the team in Barbados on Wednesday and will be in contention for a spot in the TKR line-up when they take on the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval from 6 pm on Thursday.
Jordan, who played for England against the West Indies earlier this year during the Colonial Medical Insurance Cup in the West Indies, brings a lot of experience to the fast bowling unit at TKR. The 30-year old last played for England against Pakistan in May this year but was overlooked for the ICC World Cup and was not used against Australia in the Ashes series recently. Jordan has played in 39 T20 internationals and has taken 47 wickets at an average of 25.61.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after initially giving Hasnain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to play for the entire CPL, made an about-turn and decided to revoke the NOC. Every player who takes part in franchise T20 leagues requires an NOC from their respective cricket boards in line with the International Cricket Council (ICC) policy.
However, the PCB want Hasnain for a series against Sri Lanka from September 27 to October 19 in Pakistan and in order to get him into ‘red ball’ groove, they called him home to take part in the domestic Quaid-e-Azam trophy.
Jordan was one of two singings announced by teams yesterday.
The Barbados Tridents also revealed that they had signed Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. He will replace Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane who has returned to his country for national duty.
Al Hasan, who completed a T20 series against Afghanistan with Bangladesh yesterday, has represented both the Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs before and still has the best-ever bowling haul in CPL history with six wickets for six run against the Trinbago Knight Riders during the 2013 season.
Al Hasan has played 75 T20s for Bangladesh and was in outstanding form during this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England, where he scored 606 runs at a phenomenal average of 86.57.